During the last two years every day we hear something that includes the word ‘coronavirus’ – but what we really know about it? How can we ‘prevent’ it? Misinformation continues to circulate about preventing an infection which did not have any cure, until now. What does science say?
Vaccines against other diseases like flu and pneumonia do not provide you any protection. Each vaccine has its unique reason of existence: the specific illness. Saline nasal wash cannot fight COVID-19. So use it when needed – i.e. stuffed nose – since it helps when your nose starts to ‘have something’ but it does not ‘kill’ viruses. In the same way, antibiotics kill bacteria, NOT viruses. People hospitalized might be given antibiotics for other reasons, but not for the virus.
Exposure to sun or high temperatures does not prevent or cure COVID-19. In Africa, COVID-19 has established itself pretty well. In Greece also. Hence, hot baths cannot prevent you from catching COVID-19. Plus, the temperature of your body stays the same, regardless the temperature of your bath or outer atmosphere, thanks to an important ‘gadget’ we possess called homeostasis. How body temperature remains the same when snow and low temperatures prevail.
The FDA is working on removing products using ‘false advertising’ tricks. Products with misleading information make the desperate consumer buy it. Most diseases cannot treated quickly, so quick fixes with secret ingredients are likely a hoax.
Alcohol and chlorine are not cures. Spraying your external body does not kill an internal infection caused by the virus. We use a alcohol and chlorine solutions to clean surfaces to prevent virus from entering our body through touch and breathing. For obvious reasons we do not drink them! Plus, drinking alcoholic beverages, does not protect or kill virus. The opposite is the case: drinking a lot of alcohol may suppress your immune system, making it more likely you will get sick.
Eating garlic or other ‘panacea/super” foods’ and consuming herbs and foods with high nutritional value (super food is just a marketing term), will enhance your body’s ability to stay healthy. It is a preventing measure for not getting easily sick. Garlic and other foods have the ability to strengthen your body, and moreover your immune system. So it is not just a cliché that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The same is the case with supplements like Vitamin C, zinc and other antioxidants that boost your system. But they don’t kill any virus.
Eating well is best overall, however, while supplements, when you are already sick can rejuvenize you, they do not kill virus. For example, if you are sick, vitamin C supplements can be a quick fix compared with orange juice, and they are much easier to digest and absorb.
Finally, 5G mobile networks do not prevent or raise the possibility a COVID-19 infection! Viruses can’t travel on radio waves and mobile networks. It is not a lie that the virus moves quickly and easily in countries without 5G! Believing what scientists say is of the outmost importance! Beware of the social media and blogs!
* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.
Evropi-Sofia Dalampira holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics and an MSc in Botany-Biology.